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April 2019 News Round-up

Round-up of William Golding in the news in April 2019!

The tragic fire at Notre Dame prompted a number of articles about Golding’s The Spire, a book about one man’s obsession with building a spire on a cathedral. Matthew D’Ancona mentioned Dean Jocelin’s obsession in the Evening Standard and Jay Merrick wrote a wonderful piece about the hallucinatory power of cathedrals in the Independent.

Ian McEwan discussed being introduced to William Golding and other great authors in The Big Issue.

In an Irish Times article examining the literary legacy of Robinson Crusoe, Brian Maye cited Lord of the Flies as an example of a ‘stinging counterblast’ to both The Coral Island and Robinson Crusoe.

Lord of the Flies was included in the Independent’s list of 40 books to read before you die.

The Wrap and The Huffington Post reported on a tweet by actor Jim Carrey, in which he compared Donald Trump to Jack from Lord of the Flies.

Toby Faber provided some extracts from his forthcoming book Dear Mr Faber in the Guardian, including some letters about Lord of the Flies.

In addition, we published a review of Gina Perry’s The Lost Boys and the book’s relationship with Lord of the Flies, and a guest post by Arabella Currie entitled Golding’s Trojan War.